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April 17, 2008:

THEDA BARA ON MY MIND

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Well, dear readers, things are becoming frenzied around these here parts, what with rehearsals, upcoming tech, 1000 cardboard shipping boxes awaiting address labels, digital postal machine arriving this very day, and CDs arriving some time tomorrow. Yes, things are becoming frenzied around these here parts. I still need to find one more paid helper for Friday, so if any of you know any candidates here on the West Coast, do let me know as soon as possible. If I don’t find another person, I’m afraid it’s going to be slow going getting all this done in a timely fashion (go-go boots, and a micro skirt). In any case, frenzy is the order of the day. Speaking of the order of the day, yesterday was a day in which we got quite a nice number of orders and nothing was too too stressful. I got early, did some work on the computer, did some errands, wrote some e-mails, picked up a couple of packages, and then got ready to wend my way to the Heim of Ana for a meal and a work session. I also found out that my 1000 extra shipping labels are ready at Staples, so those have to be picked up today. We dined at a new place called the Corner Bakery, not too far from the theater. I must say, it was rather like Panera, i.e. boring, typical today place, free wi-fi, unremarkable food. It was, I’m afraid, a distinct disappointment, with the upside being that none of us overate. After that, it was time for our rehearsal. We were only supposed to be missing one person, but we ended up without three of our leads, which made doing much of anything pretty pointless. We did clean up some musical numbers and some blocking issues, though, so that’s always good. After rehearsal, I came home, where I sat on my couch like so much fish.

My goodness, I got through a whole day in a short paragraph. How unseemly. Now I’ve got to vamp for another page because, as you can see, I’ve come up short. I hate when that happens. I have come up short and now I am paying the price ($4.67). There must be something interesting to talk about. Let’s see – I haven’t watched any DVDs since Sunday. I have listened to several CDs, though. We had a very good Initials Game yesterday, one of our best, and that’s what Monday’s will be right here at haineshisway.com. Oh, I forgot – I also pounded on the piano for a while. Oh, I forgot – I also have been booked to do another interview with some newspaper to plug The Brain and the LA Festival of New Musicals. Oh, I forgot – I also got one of my proofer’s fixes for my new novel, so I can begin entering those very soon. Said proofer also caught an error that I can now easily fix, but which no one had caught up to now. Vamp, vamp, vamp – what am I, Theda Bara all of a sudden?

How many people here have actually seen a Theda Bara movie? I’ve seen photographs of her, but not an actual moving picture. Have their been any actual human beings named Theda since Theda Bara? I think some enterprising young parent should name their twin girls Theda and Bara. What the HELL am I talking about?

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because now I have Theda Bara on my mind and I don’t quite know what to do with it but vamp, vamp, vamp.

Today, I must pick up 1000 shipping labels, pick up the new digital postal machine and another package, I must print out the latest batch of orders, and then organize where we’re going to be doing all this work on Friday. Then the digital postal machine has to be set up and postage must be purchased (done instantly via the machine hooked up to a computer). I must then go to the eye doctor for an eye examination, and then, after six years, I’ll finally be getting new glasses, which will actually help me to see. After that it will be a meal, and after that we will have a full run-through with no stops, but with one of our leads missing (he’ll be covered by the fellow who’ll be playing the role for one weekend during the run).

As it turns out, I don’t have to be at the paper tech – my stage manager is very prepared and there’s really no need for me to drive all the way out there, so I’ll be able to be here for all the shipping needs. We’re going to start addressing stuff at nine in the morning, and then I’ll drive out to Valencia to pick up the CDs just as soon as I get the call that they’re ready. I’ll also ask if there’s any way they could deliver them to me, even for a small fee. We’ll get just as much as we possibly can done, and then, depending on what’s left, we’ll probably have to have one more shipping session on Monday or Tuesday.

On Saturday, we dry tech, and then I have a dinner to go to in the evening. And on Sunday, we do a cue-to-cue, and then a full-out tech run-through, hopefully without stops.

Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora and the Electric Boogaloo, because today is the birthday of dear reader but never poster Mr. Nick Redman. So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to our very own Mr. Nick Redman. On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO OUR VERY OWN MR. NICK REDMAN!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, pick up labels, pick up packages, pick up a digital postal machine, get everything ready for Friday’s massive shipping session, have an eye exam and get new glasses, sup, and then have a run-through. Today’s topic of discussion: I’m sure we’ve done this before, but what is the most weight you’ve ever lost? How did you lose it, did you maintain the loss, and what do you do now to maintain your current weight? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst we all have Theda Bara on our collective minds.

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